Wednesday, December 30, 2015
Arctic Tern, Jack Snipe ( I don't believe it!) LSW, Mediterranean Gull, Pied Flycatcher, Ringed Plover, Waxwing, Wood Warbler.
I have Peregrine ticked but I'm almost positive that was a bird at Swillington Ings.
Grasshopper Warbler only just made it on to the list with one at Soil Hill at the start of Autumn migration. Let's hope this species has another crack at the bottom of SH before the excavators finally win.
Tuesday, December 29, 2015
Raggalds had 9 Lapwing and some small gulls. I got to Soil Hill at 0940 hrs to be informed by a local resident I'd nicely missed a pr Raven heading north by 10 minutes.
JL was also present so we did the rounds and were overjoyed to get:
Skylark, Grey Heron, Crows and some unid blob on the wretched, evilly named NK pond.
Ogden Res was full of people but not birds. Two attempts at the overflow failed to get the 2 star attractions seen lately by BS. 1 each Cormorant & LBBG. Some Canada, small gulls, poss brief Bullfinch, Goldcrest.
Mixenden Res produced f GOLDENEYE which is by far the latest autumn/winter bird Ive had. Also numerous small gulls, 1 LBBG and a few Chaffinch, Goldfinch en route.
Sunday, December 27, 2015
21 Lapwing constantly circling for about 35 mins between the trailer park and top of Northowram. The Cross Lane bog had 4 Snipe (same as my last trip on Xmas morning) a Reed Bunting & Kestrel. Hereabouts were couple each Pied Wagtail & Meadow Pipit with small gulls in groups heading generally SE.
4 Mallard were idling in the Green Lane pond and on the return leg here a Sparrowhawk put up c110 Common Gull from a field and also displeased c80 Jackdaw.
I did a Buzzard check and was happy to see a light phased bird out basking in the sunshine.
Others seen throughout: Mistle Thrush, 2 Blackbird, Pied Wag, Collared Dove, Woodpigs and for some reason a fair number of Gt Tit.
Thursday, December 17, 2015
5 Greylag, 1 Grey Plover, 2 Grey Heron, 18 Little Egret (17 in one field). Pr Egyptian Goose, 1 Sparrowhawk, 1 Mute Swan, 1 Kingfisher, 1 GSW. Finally bumped into a few Moorhen but just 1 Coot. I managed 1 Avocet but was told there were thousands round the corner!
C14 Teal, 2 Shelduck, 1 fine drake Pintail, many Turnstone, Redshank & Oystercatcher, a few Shoveler and the ubiquitous gulls.
I got my first winter Chiffchaff in donkeys years just outside Exmouth on the way up. LTT were a new addition and yet again singing Song Thrush were a feature this time at least 4 birds. What I thought to be an odd grunting Brent turned out to be an overhead Raven!
Just 2 Buzzard on tbe motorway back home.
Next time I'll give Dawlish Warren some 'ammer.
Wednesday, December 16, 2015
Usual gulls with at least 50 GBBG. Cormorants, Shags, 5 Pied Wagtail, House Sparrows, Starlings, Blackbirds. Just low numbers of Greenfinch, Chaffinch, Goldfinch. I may have had a Rock Pipit among the few Meadow Pipit there based on call difference.
What does one do on Thursday I wonder, umm.
PS Surprisingly not a single raptor seen.
Tuesday, December 15, 2015
Sea watching was hard graft and I did have that sinking feeling for a while. This picked up after the tide had gone out exposing more beach and significantly rocks. 33 Oystercatcher, 4 Pied Wagtail, several Cormorant, c6 Shag & the numerous small/large gulls. I encountered many Herrings both obvious and suspicious plumage types. Caspian cant be claimed but it was good to see good numbers of GBBG.
Monday, December 14, 2015
Saturday, December 12, 2015
An attempted burglary was thwarted when my brave little darling nipped the offender in the trouser leg dept. To this day I still dont think the man can pole vault.
Friday, December 11, 2015
Wednesday, December 09, 2015
Leeming Res approx 1025 hrs. Small gulls, number of Mallards, few Blackbirds, prob Sparrowhawk giving briefest views ever. Kestrel, Chaffinch and a couple of smaller finches calling that remained unid.
Leeshaw - full to the brim and windy. More small gulls, 2 Cormorant, 5 Canada (partially hidden in field) Mallards.
I can't remember the name of the next res down which had, you guessed right, some small gulls on it.
Ponden Res. Again the gulls and a few Mallard and Muscovies.
Monday, December 07, 2015
Harold Park Lake produced a pr Goosander, otherwise it was rather humdrum. Coots, Tufted, 2 Mute Swan, 2 Greenfinch, pr GC Grebe, Moorhens.
Park Dam again not spectacular; unseasonal warm temperatures to blame methinks. 5 Little Grebe, GSW, Blackbird, Pied Wagtail, multitude of small gulls. A pr Mute Swan gave a spectacular fly over, fly around, fly past including dodging the overhead electricity cables before heading back to HPL. Moorhens, Coots, Tufted in higher numbers than the a/m, herd of Canada Geese.
About 350 metres up the road apiece from here in Fenwick Drive 2, if not 3 Redpoll flittng about - niceeee.
Thursday, December 03, 2015
1405 hrs trailer park area: although busy with lorries and plant machinery c25 Lapwing and c50 small gulls were present. I couldn't bring myself to enter the marsh field, the thought of probable Snipe was too much to bear. I did however encounter 2 Meadow Pipit, c30 Jackdaw, 2 Goldfinch, 1 Blackbird on the way home.
Tuesday, December 01, 2015
a TAWNY OWL flying around the house front calling on two occasions in the early hours as I almost slept.